Sirens & Gavels archive for March 2010


2 beaten with crowbar in home invasion

Home-invasion robbers awakened two north Spokane apartment residents this morning by beating them a crowbar before stealing electronics.The suspects, 20-year-old Donald M. Holley, 30-year-old Oshien R. Pendell and 19-year-old Megan N. Wilson, were arrested after deputies spotted them in a 1996 Isuzu Rodeo at the...

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Raids net child porn, meth, 3 arrests

A drug investigation uncovered child pornography at a Spokane Valley apartment this week.Jacque C. Bos, 49, is accused of selling meth to undercover detectives before they raided his apartment at 2400 N. Wilbur Road on Tuesday. Along with meth, detectives seized computers and other devices...

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Lawyer who targeted client's cash disbarred

By Thomas ClouseOne Spokane lawyer has been disbarred and another suspended from practicing law for three years by the Washington State Supreme Court for separate transgressions regarding their clients’ finances.Robert E. Beach III has been suspended for failing to comply with the rules of professional...

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Charge: Pot suspect harassed cop via text

The text messages to the Spokane County Sheriff’s deputy came after a raid at a suspected marijuana grow house. “(W)ee can either b friends or enemies,” the cryptic message began, urging police to drop their probe and alluding to dire consequences that could befall the...

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Mistrial declared in CdA hate-crime case

A judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the trial of three Coeur d’Alene brothers accused of racially harassing a Hispanic family in August. Kootenai County 1st District Judge John Luster declared the mistrial after Deputy Prosecutor Art Verharen played a recording of a 911 call...

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No joke: New tickets for red-light runners 

Spokane drivers who run red lights at four new camera-equipped intersections can expect $124 tickets beginning Thursday. The cameras are located at Freya Street facing north at Third Avenue, Second Avenue facing west at Thor Street, Wellesley Avenue facing east at Ash Street, and Division...

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Hate-crime trial to begin in Coeur d'Alene

Three brothers accused of harassing a Coeur d’Alene man because of his ethnicity will stand trial this week in Kootenai County District Court. Opening statements are expected today in the trial of Ira Gino Tankovich, 47, Frank James Tankovich, 46, and William Michael Tankovich Jr.,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Possible witnesses named in Zehm case

Four Spokane Police Department employees have been named as possible witnesses in the federal trial of an officer charged in the death of Otto Zehm (right). Senior Police Officer Robert Boothe, Patrol Offier Jason Uberuaga, Detective Scott Lesser and Assistant Police Chief Jim Nicks are...

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Spokane police and Spokane County sheriff's deputies block off the scene of an officer-involved shooting in the 4100 block of East 36th Avenue in Spokane on Friday, March 26, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Man killed in police shootout had warrant

A shootout with police early Friday killed a Spokane man who investigators say threatened family in a dispute over firearms. Todd Ely White, 46, died after Spokane police officers returned gunfire in front of the southeast Spokane home of White’s brother-in-law, Gary Paul, and his...

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Police: Drunk man tried to revive roadkill

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man was charged with public drunkenness after he was seen trying to resuscitate a long-dead opossum along a highway. State police Trooper Jamie Levier says several witnesses saw 55-year-old Donald Wolfe, of Brookville, near the animal Thursday along Route...

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